Lerici

EAT, Drink & Cappuccinos

Nice Dinner Spot

1918

This is our go to dinner spot! It is located in the main square at the bottom of the steps from our house. The menu is all seafood. They have a beautiful covered patio, the decor is very simple and elegant.
Opens at 7:30
Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1, 19032 Lerici SP
www.ristorante1918lerici.com

Best for lunch and coffee

1918 Mare - Beach Restaurant

This is the daytime/ lunch version of the main 1918 restaurant that we love so much. It is located right in the middle of the main stretch of beach in Lerici. It is a very cute all outside structure that is right on the water. Come here for just a coffee and pastry or for lunch. We love it here. 
Via S. Biaggini 5, 19032, Lerici Italy
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Cappuccino with a view

Bar Il Pontile

I usually end up here at least once a day. It is no frills, the view can't be beat. You sit outside right on the pier in the marina. A cappucino and fresh squeezed orange juice is 5 euros.

Drinks

Bar Doria

This hotel bar is about half way down the hill into Lerici. It has a beautiful balcony. The restaurant and bar are owned by the same group as 1918. A great place for a quiet drink and aperitivo.
Via Carpanini, 9, 19032 Lerici SP

SHOP

Most shops close in this area from 1:00 to 3:30

Clothing Store

MP Lerici

This is a higher end shop, all made in Italy. The displays look a bit older, but if you take the time there are some gems. 
P.zza C Battisti,8 Lerici

ceramic store & studio

Vale Raku

Such a cute find. The artist is the shop keeper and her studio is in the shop. She makes a lot of jewelry (I bought a ring and earrings for Erica)
Via Cavour, 28 19032 LERICI - SP
www.valeraku.it

Saturday Market

We love the Saturday market along the beach boardwalk in Lerici. It goes until about 1:00. There are so many gems, ceramics, cashmere, linen.

Day Trips

Linea02 - Cinque Terre

Travel by Ferry

The ferry pick up and drop off is right in the Golfo Dei Poeti (the square at the bottom of our hill). It is super easy and an excellent way to see the towns around here and of course fun to be on the water. The boat leaves pretty much every hour and your ticket is for the whole day. You can make as many stops as you want, the ticket is for the day and is 41 euros.
www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it

Our Favorite Town to visit by ferry

Porto Venere

This is the closest town by ferry to Lerici. It and it is the only town we went to by ferry last year we then took a boat taxi to an island for lunch (see below). This trip we went to  a few of the Cinque Terre towns and this is our favorite. It is not considered one of the 5 towns of Cinque Terre, so it is less visited. Although don't be fooled it is still busy.

The church of S. Pietro (6th century) is perched up high on the cliffs. When passing by boat (continuing on the Cinque Terre the boat makes a 90 degree turn.

Restaurant on Palmaria Island

Locanda Lorena

Great spot for lunch. Make a reservation and a water taxi picks you up from Porto Venere. This was the perfect lunch destination for our first visit here. It is fun to have something to keep you accountable. When the ferry dropped us off we knew we had to be back at the docks at a certain time for our water taxi to pick us up. Plan to have  along lunch here.
Via Cavour, 4, 19025 Porto Venere SP
0187 792370
www.locandalorena.com

Special Occasion Lunch

Torre Di Venere

This is a beautiful experience. The restaurant is all outside and tucked into the walls of the castle overlooking the canal. We loved everything about the meal, the staff was lovely, the people watching fabulous (all very well dressed Italian families), the setting was unbeatable and the food as great. This would be afabulous place to go for a drink. With just 2 people you can sit above the restaurant and the view there is incredible. We didn't have a reservation, but I would recommend one.
19025 Porto Venere, Province of La Spezia
info@torredivenere.com
www.torredivenere.com

Bonnieux – Provence

Next stop the Luberon, which is considered the heart of Provence. It consists of several villages known as "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" (the most beautiful villages of France). Gordes, Menerbes, Lourmarin, Bonnieux are all located in the Luberon and worth exploring.  We stopped in Lourmarin for lunch and wandering around before headed to Bonnieux where we will spend the next few nights in the most charming AIRBNB. The weather was quite chilly and rainy so the gorgeous fireplace was such a nice treat. You will need to rent a car for this area.

EAT

La Bergerie - outside of Bonnieux
Located on the property of the gorgeous Capelongue hotel, this restaurant is a MUST. Everything is cooked over a wood fire Go before your reservation for an aperitifs and to stroll around the beautiful gardens.
550, Chemin des Cabanes, Les Claparèdes, 84480 Bonnieux France
www.beaumier.com

La Bastide - outside of Bonnieux
This beautiful restaurant is also located on the Capelongue Hotel property. It is their more fancy, Michlin star restaurant. They have a prix fixed menu. We didn't dine here, but I am sure its amazing.
550, Chemin des Cabanes, Les Claparèdes, 84480 Bonnieux France
www.beaumier.com

Casa Bonilis - located in the heart of Bonnieux
This yummy Italian neighborhood restaurant is also located in the center of Bonnieux and a few doors down from our AIRBNB. I think I had dinner here 3 evenings and always the same delicious pesto gnochci! Fun local vibe.
4 place Carnot 84480 Bonnieux, France | +33 4 90 71 18 02
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La Bergerie Restaurant
La Bergerie Restaurant at Capelongue

STAY

We LOVED the modern combined with old aesthetic of this AIRBNB.  I highly recommend staying at this very spacious 3-bedroom village house with the most stunning views of the Provence. The fireplace was a highlight for us since it was cold and rainy. There is a tiny pool and 2 levels of balcony's with a beautiful garden terrace, that I imagine would be divine in the summer (note the photo of the terrace and pool are not from our trip).
Link to AIRBNB

This is not the AIRBNB we stayed in, but this one is located right next door and looks equally as beautiful.
AIRBNB Apartment

House Hunting

A main purpose of this trip was to find a home in France for my travel buddy Kate and her family. We sawa lot of really cool and some not so cool places. Its wild how different the Provencal architecture is from just a few hours away on the coast. Below are some of our favorites from Menerbes, Gordes and Oppède. The home in Oppède was straight out of a magazine. The women who owned the home showed it to us and the home along with her were so  grande and elegant.